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Are Backlinks Still Important for SEO in 2021?

Backlinks are still important for SEO performance because they are the foundation of Google’s original PageRank algorithm. There have been countless independent studies in the SEO industry proving the impact of backlinks on organic search performance. Now here’s the cool part: We’ve gathered all of these industry studies in one spot for…

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What is a Quality Backlink? 8 Key Indicators to Look For

High-quality backlinks have 8 characteristics including relevance, traffic, authority, link profile quality, editorial standards, outbound link quality, indexation, and anchor text. In this guide, I’ll dive into each of those qualities so you only get the highest quality backlinks imaginable. Let’s dive in. 8 Characteristics of Quality Backlinks 1. Relevance You should…

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Norway Landslide Injures 10 and Leaves 15 Missing

A landslide in a village about 30 miles northeast of Oslo injured at least 10 people and left 15 missing on Wednesday, according to the local news media. At least six people in the village of Ask were hospitalized and up to 200 were evacuated, the mayor said, according to Verdens Gang,…

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Croatia Hit by Strong Earthquake

At least one person was killed and a town in central Croatia was left in ruins after a powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and local officials. The full extent of casualties was not known. There were reports that the quake, which hit just after noon…

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New Data Triples Russia’s Covid-19 Death Toll

MOSCOW — After months of questions over the true scale of the coronavirus pandemic in Russia and the efficacy of a Russian-developed vaccine, the state statistical agency in Moscow has announced new figures indicating that the death toll from Covid-19 is more than three times as high as officially reported. From the…

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The Most-Read Stories of 2020

Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up. Good morning. We’re looking back on the stories that drew the most readers this year. What were the most-read stories in The New York Times this year? You may not be surprised to learn that two topics — the election and the…

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Revisiting the Unseen Corners of the World

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series to help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, after 40 installments, we look back at some of the highlights — from hat-making workshops in Ecuador and…

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New Year’s Eve Playlist From Around the World

Around the world, New Year’s Eve is going to look very different this year, but the applause and cheers at midnight might have a level of catharsis not seen for awhile. People will certainly be celebrating 2020’s passing. And these celebrations, whether with a small group of friends, household members only or…

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